After seeing the hatchback in Paris last year, Kia finally debuts the 2018 Rio sedan at the New York Auto Show.

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The new front end looks heavily inspired by the current Kia Soul's face.

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The automaker's signature Tiger Nose grille shape blends into the headlamps here, making the front end seem much wider, despite growing by less than an inch.

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The new face is much more upright than the previous generation and seems to almost meet the hood at a 90-degree angle.

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I'm digging the bold front end, but the rest of the body is fairly econobox boring.

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The wheelbase has stretched by less than half an inch. At either axle, the Rio rides on new 15-inch wheels.

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Inside, the Rio sees the biggest changes with a new cabin that brings the fit and finish to modern levels.

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At the top trim level, the subcompact is available with a 7-inch color UVO infotainment system that brings Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity along for the ride.

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Under the hood, the Rio carries over the same 1.6-liter, 130 horsepower engine from the previous generation.

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Power reaches the front wheels via either an automatic or manual transmission. Whichever you choose, the Rio offers six forward ratios.

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Pricing and economy haven't been announced, but we can expect more details closer to the launch later this year.

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